Spaces of Desire: Houses, Households, and Social Reproduction in the Roman world

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This essay focuses on the processes by which social actors transition from words to walls and from walls to words. I begin with a consideration of dialectics of space and society and the position of the house in such dialectics. In the second section, I examine Henri Lefebvre’s meditations on the production of space to argue that although space is subject to certain organising principles, there is always a capacity for individual agency and resistance. In the third and fourth sections, I explore briefly the implications for our study of Roman housing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHousing in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Subtitle of host publicationMaterial and Textual Approaches
EditorsJen Baird, April Pudsey
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781108845267
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Housing
  • Domestic
  • Social Theory
  • Lefebvre
  • Ancient
  • Roman

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